Bewitching Varanasi

Varanasi, India

We knew…

Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

Our trip keeps going. We are at Varanasi, one of the 7 holy cities of Hinduism, located along the Ganges’ banks. We are heading to the old city.

Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

Ganges river, Varanasi India

No time to waste, we are off to the banks.

Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

At first sight, there is nothing to mention, just few fishermen on their boat trying to catch the last living fish of the Ganges river.

Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

More we are going up the river, more we realise that those banks are not just promenades. We are walking on a holy space where spirituality overtakes the modern world.

Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

We are taking the ghats, those wide steps going down into the Ganges river that pilgrims used to purify themselves. The atmosphere is changing as the worship’s enthusiasm is growing.

Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

Ghats on the Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

We hear people singing, we are getting closer. The place is colorful. Women… only women, dressed up with their most beautiful saris, are here.

Women on the Ghats of the Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

Women on the Ghats of the Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

Women on the Ghats of the Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

We are taken aback, like bewitched.

Women on the Ghats of the Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

Women on the Ghats of the Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

Women on the Ghats of the Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

Women on the Ghats of the Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

Women on the Ghats of the Banks of the Ganges river, Varanasi India

Baby’s cries take us back to normal.

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